ONAM WILL be celebrated in the City today with traditional gaiety and fervour. The festival is celebrated by Keralites in the sweet memory of a period of peace and prosperity under the rule of King Mahabali, who is believed to visit his subjects once a year.
The day is celebrated as Thiru Onam. The festival is also regarded as a harvest festival of Kerala. The main function in Bhopal will be held at BHEL Cultural Hall on September 6. Governor Dr Balram Jakhar will be chief guest while General Manager, BHEL, R Krishnan will be a special guest.
The function is jointly organised by the UMA, BMA and HEMA. Various cultural events associated with the festival will be presented to mark the day.
Apart from traditional welcome to King Mahabali with Thiruvatira, South Indian dances will be presented including Bharatnatyam, Mohiniyattam and folk dances.
Artistes from Kerala will join in for a dance performance Samanvayam, a blend of different South Indian dances. A melodious orchestra will be added attraction at the function.
Celebrations on September 10
The South Bhopal Kerala Samajam will celebrate the national festival of Keralites, Onam, on September 10. According to a press note issued today, Samajam president PV Thomas said Onam celebrations this year would be different in many ways without deviating from the traditional fare.
The programme will begin at 9.30 am on Sunday with a number of cultural programmes such as Thiruvathira Kali and other dance forms. A grand Onam feast has been arranged for all invitees.
The venue of the celebration is Madhya Pradesh Co-operative Management Auditorium (Makhanlal Chaturvedi University premises) Trilanga.
Thomas has requested all invitees to attend the cultural programme and the Onam feast.